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John Constable, 1776–1837

Harnham Gate, Salisbury

between 1820 and 1821
Oil on canvas
20 x 20 inches (50.8 x 50.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
arch | autumn | church | figures | gate | spire | sunlight | town | tree
Associated Places:
England | Salisbury | Salisbury cathedral | United Kingdom | Wiltshire
Not on view
IIIF Manifest:

Created by John Constable (1776-1837), the artist; possibly purchased at auction by Bell at Foster and Sons, London, England, May 15-16, 1838 (lot 7, 'Four–Old gate, Salisbury; House at Hampstead; View at Dedham, and one other'), in "Finished Works, Studies, and Sketches" [a]; acquired by the Saltmarsh Collection [1]; purchased by Peter Wilding (1907-1969); acquired by Lieutenant-Colonel Richard Christian Allhusen (1910-1998), Bradenham Hall; purchased by Leggatt Brothers, London, England, October 1961; purchased by Paul Mellon (1907-1999), November 1961; by whom given to the Yale Center for British Art, December 1981.

[a] Foster and Sons. May 15-16, 1838. Finished Works, Studies and Sketches, of John Constable, Esq. R.A." https://doi.org/10.1163/2210-7886_ASC-15074

[1] Possibly the collection of John Hugh Constable, great-grandson of John Constable, and his wife, Eileen Constable (neè Saltmarsh).

John Constable (The Yomiuri Shimbun, 1986-01-30 - 1986-06-17) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Constable's England (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1983-04-13 - 1983-09-04) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

John Constable - A Selection of Paintings from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon (National Gallery of Art, 1969-04-30 - 1969-11-01) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Painting in England 1700-1850 - From The Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon (Yale University Art Gallery, 1965-04-15 - 1965-06-20) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Malcolm Cormack, Concise Catalogue of Paintings in the Yale Center for British Art, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 1985, pp. 58-59, N590.2 A83 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Robert Hoozee, L'opera completa di Constable, 98, Rizzoli, Milano, Italy, 1979, p. 151, no. 651, NJ18 C74 A12 +H66 (YCBA) [YCBA]

John Constable : a selection of paintings from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, , National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1969, pp. 32-33, no. 28, NJ18 C74 U5 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Painting in England 1700-1850 : collection of Mr. & Mrs. Paul Mellon : Exhibition at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, , 1,2, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA, 1963, p. 79 (v.1),, no. 104, pl. 50 (v.2), ND466 V57 v.1-2 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Painting in England 1700-1850 from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, The Royal Academy of Arts Winter Exhibition 1964-65., , Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK, 1964, p. 21 [v.1], no. 67, ND466 R68 1964/65 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Leslie Parris, The Later Paintings and Drawings of John Constable, Book Review , Burlington Magazine, vol. 127, March 1985, p.. 166, N1 B87 + (YCBA) [YCBA]

Graham Reynolds, Constable's England, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, 1983, pp. 102-03, No. 33, NJ18 C74 R496 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Graham Reynolds, The later paintings and drawings of John Constable, Yale University Press, New Haven, CT, 1984, p. 87 (v.1), no. 21.75, pl. 278 (v.2), NJ18 C74 R485 + (YCBA) [YCBA]

Charles Rhyne, Constable Drawings and Watercolors in the Collections of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon and the Yale Center for British Art, Part I. Authentic Works , Master Drawings, vol. 19, Master Drawings Association, Inc., 1981, p. 140, not 2, NC1 M37 19 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Timothy Wilcox, Constable and Salisbury : the soul of landscape, , Scala Publishers, London, UK, 2011, pp. 94-95, 97, fig. 81, NJ18.C74 W53 2011 Oversize (YCBA) [YCBA]

Yale University Art Gallery, Painting in England, 1700-1850, from the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon : [exhibition at] Yale University Art Gallery, April 15-June 20, 1965, , vol. 1, W. Clowes and sons, New Haven, 1965, p. 9 (v.1), no. 31, ND466 Y35 (YCBA) [YCBA]

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